Sadell Bradley

Sadell Bradley

“The first step toward change is awareness. The second is acceptance.” – Nathanial Branden – Psychologist.

“Awareness is the first step of healing.”– Dean Ornish- Educator I believe that statement is true. AWARENESS is knowledge or perception of a situation or fact. Dr. Phil McGraw offers one caveat, “Awareness without action is worthless.” I can be aware that smoking is detrimental to my health. I can understand that if I engage in smoking there is a possibility that the effect on my life will be negative: cancer, emphysema (loss of breath in the lungs), etc. If I don’t do something about what I am aware of…what’s the point?

Self-awareness is a gift that keeps on giving. When you can tell where you are—even if you’re in a bad place, it is a blessing. Why? Because you can do something about it. The opposite of aware is ignorant (lacking knowledge) or oblivious (not concerned by what is happening around or within you.)

I am a pastor, but I am also a person. I have a limited supply of time and energy. I get tired. I have feelings and thoughts that are not always pleasant and praising. I do not hold the answers to all of life’s questions. Sometimes I struggle. I get weary. I don’t want to engage people. Sometimes I get angry, oh my! Upon self-reflection…7 deaths in our family over 3 years, the pandemic, going back to school, and the pressures of leading, had taken a toll on me. Awareness is half the battle…but awareness without action is worthless even for pastors. A 2021 Barna study said 38% of pastors had contemplated quitting during the pandemic. Only 1 in 3 was considered healthy, scoring excellent or good in the following categories: relational, spiritual, physical, emotional, vocational, and financial well being. I’ve been a pastor for 25 years, which is a lot longer than most. I know when I need to set down! So this is not an attention seeking pity post, I’m already taking my necessary recovery steps. This is an invitation for you to invest in self-awareness.

Paul exhorted the church at Corinth toward spiritual self-awareness. He told them to appraise themselves to see if their faith was genuine, Test and evaluate yourselves to see whether you are in the faith and living your lives as [committed] believers. Examine yourselves [not me]! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves [by an ongoing experience] that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test and are rejected as counterfeit?” (2 Cor.13:5 AMP) Awareness and acceptance are pathways to growth and healing.

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Sadell Bradley, Pastor of The Warehouse Church OTR, is a dynamic teacher and worship leader, with over 30 years in ministry in various contexts including: as a conference speaker and trainer, music, worship and arts pastor, providing background vocals for various artists; as a campus missionary, and as a ministry development director.
Sadell’s main desire is to see people saved, healed, delivered and set free by the ministry of Jesus, the Word of God, and presence of the Holy Spirit. (Luke 4:18)

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